If Beale Street Could Talk

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Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2000 - Fiction - 166 pages
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In a novel that explores American concepts of justice and punishment in our time, Baldwin has wrought a starkly realistic and masterful work of powerful emotions, among which are anger and pain, but above all love: the sustaining love of the black family.

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Great read. Mr. Baldwin writes in manner that is pure provocative and to the point. If Beale Street Could Talk is one of many Baldwin novels I read and rates high on my list. This novel takes you on a ... Read full review

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Baldwin's 1974 novel depicts the troubled romance between young lovers Tish and Fonny, who become engaged and plan to marry. When Fonny is arrested and imprisoned, their families endeavor to clear his name and win his release. You can never go wrong with Baldwin. Read full review


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About the author (2000)

James Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924, in New York. Baldwin's father was a pastor who subjected his children to poverty, abuse, and religious fanaticism. As a result, many of Baldwin's recurring themes, such as alienation and rejection, are attributable to his upbringing. Living the life of a starving artist, Baldwin went through numerous jobs, including dishwasher, office boy, factory worker, and waiter. In 1948, he moved to France, where much work originated. Baldwin published Go Tell It on the Mountain in 1953. A largely autobiographical work, it tells of the religious awakening of a fourteen-year-old. In addition to his childhood experiences, his experiences as a black man and a homosexual provided inspiration for such works as Giovanni's Room, Nobody Knows My Name, and Another Country. Baldwin holds a distinguished place in American history as one of the foremost writers of both black and gay literature. He was an active participant in the Civil Rights movement. Baldwin succumbed to cancer on December 1, 1987.

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